It is widely accepted that Odsonne Edouard will leave Celtic in the summer, leaving Leigh Griffiths, Patryk Klimala and Albian Ajeti behind. Griffiths has not been a regular starter since Ronny Deila left the club and his fitness issues have been called into question on more than one occasion. Although, he does have a tremendous goalscoring record at all levels. Patryk Klimala is yet to impress and has scored very few goals during his time at Paradise, meanwhile Ajeti has been poor after making a blistering start to his Celtic career.
It is likely that Celtic will be in the market for a striker to replace Edouard and it will be difficult to get a proven goalscorer within our budget. We seemingly made an error in not signing Ivan Toney from England’s lower leagues in the summer, considering that he has now gone on to score goals at an incredible rate for Brentford. With that in mind, could the answer to our striker problem lie in the English Championship?
Teemu Pukki wasn’t great at Celtic a few years ago. Yet since then, he has scored consistently for Norwich in the Premier League and the Championship. I would argue that it is likely that he would perform better second time around as he certainly possesses quality. With a top manager and the promise of European football, he may well be attainable too.
Some supporters suggest that he wouldn’t be a good fit at Paradise, because he likes to play in behind the defence and most teams sit in against us. However, I would respond by pointing out that Leigh Griffiths has that same style, playing on the shoulder, and he seems to find the net regularly for us.
Pukki scored for Norwich this afternoon – his 19th goal in 30 Championship games. Should he be an option for Celtic moving forward? Have your say in the comments.